Over the past decade, Real Madrid’s La Fabrica has cashed in over €300m. More so, with Los Blancos needing to cut down their large squad ahead of the 2020-21 season, they opt for ‘Operation Exit’ to trim the squad.
There’s no shortage of talent at La Fabrica in Valdebebas, great players had moved up the ladder from the academy into the first team, such stars include club legends Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas, Fernando Morientes who all went on to achieved success with Los Blancos.
Having pointed out players who came through the academy and wowed the Santiago Bernabeu fans, as a matter of fact only four players from the academy have made the current Real Madrid’s first team, while many couldn’t.
Even with some of the players not making it into the first team, they’ve proved to be a significant source of income for Los Blancos over the years.
Here on Cheapgoals, we’ll chronicle, the sales of La Fabrica graduates who were sold this summer.
Since Real Madrid’s academy was founded, Los Blanco’s most profitable year in terms of shipping out academy players was in 2017.
Five players who graduated from the academy left the four walls of the Bernabeu, namely Mariano to Lyon for €8m, Diego Llorente to Real Sociedad for €7m, Alvaro Morata to Chelsea for £60m, Burgui to Alaves and Alvaro to Getafe. And as reported, all of the deals brought in a total of over €98m for Los Blancos.
According to a report, the budget uses in running La Fabrica is worth around €20.8m per year.
Florentino Perez explained in one of his recent General Assembly, that “If they ‘Players’ go on to make the first team, we’ll be delighted, but there isn’t room for all of them“. With such a statement, it’s crystal clear that not all of the players would make it into the main squad.
Out of the academy, 83 players are currently playing for different clubs across Europe, 41 abroad, and 42 in Spain. These further buttress the fact that not all of the players from La Fabrica would go on to play for arguably the biggest club in Europe and Spain.
- Achraf Hakimi – (Inter Milan, €40m)
The Moroccan international had an impressive performance throughout his two years loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, before returning to Real Madrid this year. Since the return of Dani Carvajal from his loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, he has made the right-back position his, as such Achraf Hakimi, one of the youngsters who graduated from La Fabrica opt to exit Real Madrid.
The €40m offer by the Nerazzurri for Hakimi’s deal was irresistible, he switched to the Blue and Black side of Milan this summer from Real Madrid. The Moroccan international amazing stats throughout his two years loan spell in Germany suggested he was the right man for Antonio Conte led side.
The new Inter Milan man scored five times and recorded ten assists in 33 Bundesliga games for Dortmund. He was also ranked among top players with the highest volume of completed passes, with him now playing in the Seria A, his penchant for creating chances for his teammates is expected to continue under Conte.
- Sergio Reguilon – (Tottenham Hotspur, €30m)
Reguilon was subject to much transfer interest this summer, following his impressive loan spell at Sevilla last season, which culminated in winning the UEFA Europa League against Inter Milan.
In a similar situation to Hakimi’s move away from Real Madrid, he was also allowed to leave the club this summer because of the qualities of players in his position.
In that regard, the Tottenham management coughed out €30m to have the service of the left-back, with a buy-back clause in his contract which affords Los Merengue to buy him back for an increased fee within the next two years.
The Spanish left-back is also one of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica products that left the club this summer, having done brilliantly well at Sevilla.
Reguilon made 22 senior appearances for Zinedine Zidane led side, all of which came in the 2018-19 campaign before going on loan to Sevilla, now that he moves to London he would be hoping to return back to his boyhood club in the future.
- Oscar Rodriguez – (Sevilla, €13.5m)
Before the transfer market comes to a closure, Los Merengue is more confident that one of their youth product will find a good club to continue developing as a player, after a successful loan spell last season at Leganes.
He scored nine goals for the Butarque based side, which made him got a lot of admiration from top clubs across Europe.
Having shown at Butarque that he could ruffle shoulders with the big boys in the league, Europa League champions Sevilla came knocking at Los Blanco’s door this summer to get the deal of Oscar Rodriguez done for €13m after been deemed to surplus to requirement at Real Madrid.
Oscar Rodriguez is a fine midfielder and a dead ball specialist, he is expected to continue his brilliant run of form for the Andalusian side as he joined from Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, as reported Los Blancos will retain 25 percent of his ownership while 75 percent belongs to Sevilla, and in case any future offer comes in for him the Madrid camp would be made aware of the deal.
- Javi Sanchez – (Real Valladolid, €3m)
Javi has been on Los Merengue books since 2005 when he was just eight years old, but left the four walls of the Bernabeu on loan to Real Valladolid in 2018. Taking a closer look at his spell at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, he didn’t have much playing time due to injury struggles for the White and Violets.
Signing Javi Sanchez permanently came as a surprise to many, considering how much he struggled with injuries last season, registering just two La Liga minutes for the club all season.
Due to that, Real Valladolid shouldn’t have considered signing the Spaniard on a permanent deal, but that doesn’t deter them because more often than not loan deals in Javi’s case don’t usually end in a permanent deal, rather it often ends in both parties going their separate ways.
However, despite injury struggles, he was well thought of, which made the club signed him on a permanent contract until 2024, but then the Madrid hierarchy would also have the first option on his future transfer should he move elsewhere in the future.
- Jorge De Frutos & Dani Gomez – (Levante, Total €7.5m)
Before the closure of the transfer window this summer, Los Merengue officially confirmed the duo transfers of 23-year-old winger Jorge De Frutos, who made 17 appearances for Rayo Vallecano after his January loan move. And Spain U21 forward Dani Gomez, who also netted 11 goals and provided two assists for Tenerife last season.
Gomez joined the La Fabrica system as an 11-year-old back in 2012 and starred for the Castilla side in recent seasons netting over 16 times in Segunda B, before earning his move to Tenerife last summer to further develop himself.
While in the case of Jorge de Frutos, he joined La Fabrica some two years ago from Madrid based outfit Rayo Majadahonda, before he was sold to bring in a profit for the club.
As far as the duo deal is concerned, the Granotas and Los Blancos would retain a 50% ownership of both player’s contract as well as the right of first refusal for any offers for the duo in the future.
- Miguel Baeza – (Celta Vigo, €3m)
In the 2019-20 campaign, the 20-year-old starlet featured hugely for the team under the supervision of club legend Raul Gonzalez, played a total of 32 games across the Segunda Division B and the UEFA Youth League, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists.
His move to the Balaido, having signed a five-year deal made the talented midfielder Celta’s third signing in the transfer window. Meanwhile, his move to Celta also presented Real Madrid with the opportunity to retain 50 percent of his right, for future transfer.
It’s also included in the deal that Real Madrid has the option of either bringing him back to the Bernabeu in the future, for a cut-price fee or receive half his transfer fee should he join another club.
- Alberto Soro – (Granada, €2m)
Soro’s move to Granada is no doubt the best deal for both Los Blancos and Los Carmenes, which to some large extent it’s a good one for the player himself.
The move presents a bigger platform for Soro to test himself at the highest level this season when the UEFA Europa League commences as Granada would be making their debut in the competition.
The 21-year-old signed for Real Madrid in 2019 following his five year deal from Real Zaragoza. Albeit, Soro never had the opportunity to don Real Madrid’s jersey, as he was immediately loaned to Zaragoza.
He did have an excellent loan spell, playing for the Segunda side last season with over 39 games, contributing 4 goals and 7 assists.
Soro won’t be the only Madridista playing for Los Carmenes this season under Diego Martinez’s exciting new project, Jesus Vallejo who is also spending his second year on at the club will also be in the team, interestingly both were signed from Zaragoza.
Some of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica players who didn’t leave the club permanently, but rather went on loan also brought in a lot of profit for the club, that includes Borja Mayoral and some couple of players.
More so, with the kind of policy Real Madrid has adopted in selling or loaning out their La Fabrica’s, it’s evident should they continue with the policy, there would be more profitable outcomes in the future.
This summer, they’ve cashed in millions which is a testament to the success of their youth system from the financial point of view.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1
Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.
As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.
Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1
- Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )
Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.
After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.
With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.
Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.
- Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)
As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.
The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.
His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.
However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.
- Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)
Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.
As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.
The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.
According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.
As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.
- Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)
Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.
Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.
The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.
- Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)
When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.
After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.
With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.
Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.
As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1
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- Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)
The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.
The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.
Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.
- Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)